And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance. Acts 2:4
The 120 people in the upper room all prayed with tongues in response to the coming of the Holy Spirit. This indicates an inner abandonment to the Spirit’s working – they were not filtering everything through their intellect. This kind of abandonment may appeal in a wrong way to those who are inclined to be undisciplined – there is no doubt that it is open to abuse, and some people may make noises and claim that this is the manifestation of the Holy Spirit. Paul clearly teaches that the gift of tongues will produce personal edification, and that it is not primarily for public use, and if used in public, must be accompanied by an interpretation. Also, on the Day of Pentecost, it was not unknown languages but known ones that were released by the Holy Spirit. Nevertheless, the possible dangers should not rob us of the very real blessing in yielding ourselves in entire abandonment to the Holy Spirit. This is a key in the release of the Spirit on a congregation and in the work of the ministry. In other words, the Holy Spirit does not work through mere intellectual exercise. Our intellects should be thoroughly engaged in understanding the truth of God, but in the flow of worship we must let go and allow the Spirit to have free flow through our lives. If He can flow in us through the gift of tongues, then it will not be long before He is flowing through us in prophecy. Yield, with understanding, with faith, to the marvellous flow of the Holy Spirit in you and through you.
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